Out in the Desert

I’ve just gotten back from two weeks hiking in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. I have a thousand photos to go through and pick the best, but while I process all the pictures here are a few choice pictures which I shared on instagram while on the road.

Fire wave at Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Snow Canyon State Park, UT
Hoodoos at Bryce National Park, UT
Zion National Park, UT
Angel’s Landing’s chain at Zion
Zion Valley from the top of Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park UT

For these pictures I was experimenting with a newer faster photo editing workflow; still taking the pictures in RAW on my mirrorless camera, then transferring them to my phone to be processed with Lightroom mobile for posting to Instagram. The process worked pretty well, letting me post pictures from my camera almost immediately after the hike, and with almost the same level of post processing as if I were editing on my computer. The major missing feature was lack of support for HDR bracketing which I used a lot in the shadowed canyons of Arizona, so those pictures still need to be processed.

Go Visit a Glacier

This week my good friend Ben’s cross country road trip finally took him close to Seattle. He wanted to climb some mountains, though there are lots of mountains nearby, one really stands out.

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Rainier as seen from the banks of White River, near our campsite.

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Sunrise lookout point, the mountain doesn’t look so big from up here.

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Leaving from Sunrise, ready to start.

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Above the tree line its like we landed on another planet.

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I think it says “this way to mountain”.

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A few park rangers wielding shovels.

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That’s a very large mountain.

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The mountain man in his native habitat.

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A fantastic way too cook tuna.

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We are about 7000′ up and Rainier extends at least another 7000′ further.

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Rainier is taking up more and more of the horizon.

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The end goal of our hike, still miles away.

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Sometimes, you have to go down to go up.

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No a glacier, but a little bit of snow.

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Walking across a pumice field is like being on the moon.

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We won’t be going to the top today, Ben.

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Other than Rainier we are the tallest in the land.

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Still a really tall mountain.

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With a peak still very far away.

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Yellow and red grass seem to be the norm here, very alien.

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Looking down into the valley, as we are still above the tree line.

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Another view of White River and its source.

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A refreshing break on the way back at Shadow Lake.